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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dark, Creepy or Horrifying: Writing Scary Stories For Children

When you hear the words, "scary" and "horror," it's not uncommon to think of vampires, witches, and zombies. 

In writing horror stories for children, R.L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series of children's books, used animals, a dummy, lawn gnomes, monsters and other spooky characters to horrify kids. 

Author Neil Gaiman created, Coraline, a dark fantasy for children about the main character who finds a locked door in the living room on an old house in which she and her parents just moved. Coraline is warned by mice not to go through the door. The mice were being trained by Mr. Bobo, "the crazy old man upstairs," who says he's training a mouse circus. Of course, Coraline goes through the door, thus beginning a dark adventure that has parts that can even "creep-out" some adults. 

While these stories are popular (both Goosebumps and Coraline have been turned into movies), as a writer, you have several alternatives. You can choose to write dark and scary children's stories, or "pleasantly" scary stories, like MANA author Winifred Parker.  

Ms. Parker, author of 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children, enjoyed telling her grandchildren scary stories as much as they enjoyed listening to them. Her grandson, Vince's request to tell him stories was the catalyst for Ms. Parker to write a book. To their delight, Ms. Parker made Vince and his sister Julia, characters in her book. 

The book, 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children targets children 6 to 11 years old, are whimsical and involve mysteries.  The first story involves 8-year-old Julia O'Brien and her 14-year-old brother, VInce, who, with their friends, embark on an adventure on solving a the mystery of missing dogs in their neighborhood.

In the second scary story, the O'Brien family takes a summer vacation to the Black Hills of South Dakota. While there, Julia and Vince investigate mysterious happenings at a cave.   

Both stories have adventures, clear messages about right and wrong, and valuable information about the Black Hills of South Dakota that both children, parents and teachers will enjoy.


If you need help in writing your children's scary-horror stories, here are 5 resources that will get you started: 

1. How to Write Horror for Children by Sarah Todd

2. Playground For Fear: Horror Fiction For Children by Robert Hood

3. How to Write Your Own Scary Story – Read Write Think

4. How to Write Middle Grade Horror – 7 Tips by Chuck Sambuchino

5. How to Write a Really Creepy Ghost Story – Waterstones

Click HERE to review 2 Pleasantly Scary Stories For Children





Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Meet Heather Sisto, Author of "V is for Vegetable," On October 26

Heather Sisto, author of V is for Vegetable, will be among 50 authors who will sign books, greet guests and sell their books at Leon & Lulu's award-winning, Fifth Annual Book & Authors event on October 26, 2015.

For those of you who live in Michigan, the free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Leon & Lulu, 96 W. 14 Mile Road in Clawson, MI. The annual festivity celebrates the written word and those who put pen to paper. 

"Books & Authors is one our favorite events that gives Michigan authors a chance to meet their fans," says Mary Liz Curtin, co-owner of Leon & Lulu. "This year we're working with the wonderful folks at the Oakland Literacy Council, who provide the basic literacy and English language instruction necessary for adults in our community to find employment."

Books & Authors is a juried book fair featuring local talent. Guests can enjoy snacks, refreshments and fun during this event, which benefits the Oakland Literacy Council. 

In her book, V is for Vegetable ($14.95, Robbie Dean Press LLC) photographer and storyteller Heather Sisto's book takes her young readers down the vegetable aisle. This work is for children learning their ABCs. In addition to the short verses about each letter, there are vibrant photographs that will capture and maintain the interest of children ages 2 to 7. This delightfully narrated work will be one both children and adults will enjoy reading.

Michigan authors, there's till time to become part of the vent. Please apply at www.leonandlulu.com/books_entry. For more information about Leon & Lulu, please visit www.leonandlulu.com. Find Leon & Lulu on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leonandlulu.

To preview V is for Vegetable, click HERE to visit the book's webpage on MarketingNewAuthors.com. 



Saturday, October 3, 2015

Take Advantage of MANA's One Day Only Sweetest Day Sale!

Sweetest Day has become a special day when family, friends and couple show how much they care for one another. According to Wikipedia, the first Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 8, 1921. 

The story goes that 12 candy makers in Cleveland distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy on "The Sweetest Day in the Year" to the poor, orphans, the elderly and newsboys. As time went on, flowers were added to the gifts that were exchanged on that day. 

The tradition has continued to the present time, but the observance of Sweetest Day has changed to the third Saturday in the month of October. 


In recognition of Sweetest Day on October 17, MANA is offering a special gift-giving opportunity for friends, family members and couples: The MANA Sweetest Day SALE!


Aspiring writers or writers with a manuscript they want published or a book authors want marketed should take advantage of this one-day sale on October 17. MANA Is offering 30% off any of its publishing, marketing, and life/writing coach services. 

Visit MANA's website and check out what MANA has to offer: 

• Click Here to view Self-Publishing and plans. 
• Click Here to view life/writing coach services. 

We will help you formulate the marketing plan that you need for your book. 

Act now and: 


1. Review the self-publishing, marketing or life/writing coach services MANA has to offer.


2. Contact us for the prices.


3. Make your downpayment on October 17. 


Have questions? Contact us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.



Don't Wait! Submit Your Poems Into MANA's Poetry Contest

The Oct. 26 deadline is fast approaching to submit you collection of poems to MANA's Passion for Poetry Poet Contest. The winning poet will have his or her work published as an e-book with a professionally designed front cover. 

The winner will also receive: 

• An e-book publication of your poetry collection

• Professionally designed cover

• A webpage on the MANA website

• E-commerce services (accepting all major credit cards/providing electronic check 
   service 

• Digital marketing

• No charge for shipping and handling and storage

• 70 percent royalty for every sale made on the MANA website 

As the author, you will retain full copyright and you will receive a royalty for all sales of the work via MANA. 

To have a collection, you must submit 50 to 150 poems. Submit your entry as a Microsoft Word file. Deadline for entries is 11:59 PST, October 26, 2015.  There is no entry fee.

Don't wait, submit your entries today!
To submit your entry, email us at info@marketingnewauthors.com.